Friday, April 4, 2008
So for those of you who aren't fanboys, I thought I'd lay down some new info on movies that are coming out and some that have just been announced. First of all, I wanted to mention that while I love Hollywood movies and ridiculous garbage like Never Back Down, I find much more inspired to make movies when I see a film like Ping Pong (recommended to me by my boy Bill). The point is that while the following news excites me to no end, I don't condone only making terrible remakes and sequels and prequels and adaptations. I seriously can't recall the last good original movie (meaning script and style) that I saw.
Anyways... They just announced plans to remake Short Circuit. For those who don't know, it's one of the greatest 80's movies and substance I still quote to this day. This might be the only movie I'm pissed they are remaking. It doesn't need to be updated. That's crazy. Supposedly it's just Dimension films trying to cash in on the assumed success of Pixar's robot movie, Wall-E (which has all the potential of being the best Pixar film yet, and yes, I remember how good Toy Story was. Also in production that I mentioned a while back on my blog is G.I. Joe. I've been hearing good things about trying to make it more like Batman Begins and less like Fantastic 4 but if you ask me that sort of leaves it around the level of Transformers. Which for me is still something to get excited for (no new news on Transformers 2 as far as story line, but same cast/director/writers so expect around the same thing only it's supposed to have much more and better action so it already sound amazing).
(Early pic of Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe)
They are making a new Muppets movie. Ordinarily I wouldn't really care, I mean I love the Muppets but whatev. But my boy Jason Segal (Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, all that is Apatow and writer/star of the upcoming Forgetting Sarah Marshall) is writing it with his Sarah Marshall director Nick Stoller. It will probably be filled with cameos from my favorite people so it's pretty much guaranteed to be hilarious and family friendly at the same time.
Other things in the works are The Lone Ranger (to be made into a bad ass by Jerry Bruckheimer). The X-Files sequel which will no doubt be amazing. Bruno (Sasha Baron Cohen's other hilarious character) is filming already. Not sure if you can match the hilarity of Borat but it will definitely be hilarious. Sam Raimi is going to make at least 2 movies about a young Jack Ryan (a Tom Clancy character made awesome by Harrison Ford in Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games and then ruined by Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears).
The box office has been taking in ridiculous numbers and it's almost like any movie out there is going to make a profit so it's no surprise that there are so many movies being made. The downfall of this is that there are then a litany of awful movies made quickly to try and make some money and then people get disenfranchised with movies and stop going again and then they stop making as many. It's a vicious cycle. There is a lot more news and info online if you are actually interested in any of the above.
Go see something